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This is the first book since we said a sad farewell to Rebus and is Ian Rankin’s first stand alone novel for a decade. Don’t worry you will not be disappointed as all of Rankin’s skill, imagination and clever plotting is set out in a brilliant story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Beautifully and elegantly written. James’s aim is to gain a “prominent reputation” at university. He makes friends with a group led by the rich, but damaged Francis, spending most of his time eminently grateful that he can enjoy their company and lifestyle, desperate to fit in. However it is evident that all the characters have their insecurities and are all just as desperate to be accepted covering it up with bravado and arrogance, no more so than when they are scaling the heights of the Cambridge colleges for the ultimate buzz. Stourton’s writing seduces the reader as much as James is seduced by the Night Climbers. We will eagerly await this author’s second novel.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Nicci French was shortlisted for the Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Bestseller Dagger 2009. Astrid Bell finds her life spiralling out of control when two people she comes in to contact with are found murdered. The police are watching her and so too are the flatmates she lives with. Will there be a third victim with some relations to Astrid, is Astrid herself the murderer. You'll have to read and find out but you will not be disappointed by this psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the end.
This is high action, ideas driven, noir science fiction but I believe lovers of action adventures could enjoy it too.Comparison: Michael Marshall Smith, Neal Asher, Nick Sagan.Similar this month: None.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 23 October 2008. PD James is still at the top of her game at the ripe old age of 88. Great plotlines of murder and mystery and plenty of characters to get your teeth in to and as always Adam Dalgliesh to solve the crime.
From page one the reader is thrown straight in to the action as we meet Nick Horrigan being rudely awakened by the Secret Service and dragged from his apartment. The pace is relentless and gripping and we are swept along in the nightmare that Nick now finds himself in. A great plotline with plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked until the end of this great thriller.
Pepe Carvalho, ex-cop, ex-marxist and constant gourmet, is working as a private detective in Barcelona, when a body is pulled out of the sea, its face so badly destroyed that the only way of identifying it is through a tattoo that says: 'Born to raise hell in hell'.A local hairdresser hires Carvalho to find out who the man is. Meanwhile, the Barcelona police make a connection between the murder and local drug dealers and prostitutes, and they begin raiding bars and brothels.A lead on the identity of the murdered man brings Carvalho to Amsterdam, where he gets entangled with a drug gang. As the pace accelerates, Carvalho realises that this is no straightforward John Doe case.
Charlie Paddon and Alex Chappell form a dynamic new partnership as Diplomatic Protection agents in this scintillating debut. The chemistry between Paddon and Chappell is well balanced against the high drama of a chase from London to Edinburgh. Nick Curtis writes a fast-paced police procedural with strong cast of characters – this is one for all the Spooks fans out there.
Chris Freeman's Joseph Soyinka is an intriguing and engaging lead with an irresistible combination of police and amateur detective. With plenty of layers to peel away in his character, this ex-police-detective-turned-cab-driver and single father definitely has room to grow, and New York City is the perfect backdrop for his gritty investigations.
For those missing Morse, there's a new DI in Oxford in the form of Hillary Greene, a strong female lead with a no-nonsense, tough talking attitude. She's got a great supporting cast in her colleagues, and there's plenty of intrigue in the background as her dodgy husband's dealings continue to haunt her. Margaret Moore brings Oxford to life beautifully while exposing the darker side of human nature for Greene's investigations. A good police procedural with interesting characters and plots.
The reader is swept back to 1975, where the residents of a London suburb start dropping like flies, and GP Lance Elliot (yes, he's also the 'author'!) finds himself on the trail of the killer in his first murder case. A dry wit sparkles throughout, there's a great seventies nostalgia, and the quirky characters keep the reader guessing to the end. The relationship between Lance, his father, Dr Elliot Snr and Inspector Masson – like a seventies Gene Hunt – makes this a must-read.
Alex Kava is known for her incredibly gripping thrillers and this one is no exception. When a young boy is found killed in the same way as a dead serial killer’s victims, it appears a copycat killer is on the loose. But as the murders escalate, the police begin to wonder if they convicted and executed the wrong man. Featuring feisty FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell, this is a page-turning read – guaranteed to keep you up all night.
White Knuckle Rides
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!
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